Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Windmill Leaze - an exceptionally attractive dairy and grazing farm

In Loving memory of
William Kinchin
Who died Dec 15th 1898 aged 74 years
Also of Catherine his beloved wife
who died Oct. 5th 1864
Aged 46 years

In Loving memory of
Matilda Elizabeth
the beloved wife of
Thomas Kinchin, who died June 24th 1906 aged 51 Years

William Kinchin was born and grew up at the Lydiard estate home farm, Windmill Leaze. He took over the tenancy from his father Thomas and after a lifetime at the farm in Hook he died there in 1898. William's son William J.P. Kinchin became the tenant following his father's death but in a little over ten years the Kinchin's long reign at Windmill Leaze was over. 

Lady Bolingbroke died in 1940 and two years later what remained of the estate went up for auction at the Corn Hall in Swindon's Cattle Market. The sale particulars of the remaining portion of the Lydiard Park Estate included the historic mansion, pleasure and parklands, Windmill Leaze Farm, Creeches Farm, Cottages and allotments and several holdings of arable and pasture land, the whole comprising approximately 750 acres.

Lot 1 was described as 'an exceptionally attractive dairy and grazing farm known as Windmill Leaze Farm situated in the parish of Lydiard Tregoze comprising 175.746 acres.'

The description continues:

The Farm House is substantially built of brick and stone, with tiled and slated roofs. Containing on the Ground Floor: Dining and Drawing Rooms, Kitchen (fitted with Triplex range) Dairy and usual Domestic offices. On the First Floor: 4 bedrooms and bathroom. On the second floor: 3 good attics.

The buildings are excellent, viz:- range of timber and brick built buildings with slate roof, forming tie up for 35 cows, with water laid on. Trap house cement block, asbestos roofed garage, with lean-to oil house in which there is fixed two 250 gall storage tanks, fitted with pumps. Timber built and thatched roof building, forming tie up for 14 cows and 3 calf standings. Cart horse stable for 6, with chaff house. Blacksmith Shop. Another range of buildings to tie up 8 cows and two calving boxes with large fore courts. 3 Dutch Barns (11 bays) 4 Bay lean to to Dutch Barn forming Implement shed. Barn, fitted with large Corn Bins and platform. Nag stable for 2. Two enclosed cattle sheds with large concreted yards. A further tie up for 11 cows. 2 calving boxes. Wood house.Large fitted dog kennel. Men's Mess Room. 7 bay implement shed. Goose and fowls' houses.

The tenants fixtures comprises: in house, Triplex grate, drawing room grate, grate with tiled hearth in bedroom, bathroom furnishings, together with the hot water system throughout the house, including Airing Cloak Room and soft water supply tank.

Buildings: The lean to G.I. erection to Barn, forming two loose boxes. Wood and engine houses. Garage and oil houses with the two storage tanks. Blacksmith Shop. 3 Dutch barns and lean to implement shed. The 2½ h.p. Lister Engine and pump to main water supply. The Drinking Bowls and piping to cow sheds. Three G.I. supply tanks to receive water from Cooler. Three large wooden corn bins and platform in barn. Summer house in garden. Footbridge across brook. Cement drinking place to the four acres. Cement bottom to front yard.

Two capital cottages being well built of stone with slate roofs, each containing Living room and kitchen, 2 bedrooms and box room, lean to Wash House, together with spacious and productive garden.
Being O.S. No. 279 Area .579 acre
Tenants fixtures: Two G.I. Store houses in garden

Let on a Ladyday Tenancy to Mr F.W. Rumming.
Apportioned Rent £264 Tenant paying rates

Tithe Annuity £59 10. 0. Land Tax £11.10.0

Pending completion of sale of timber, referred to in Condition 9, The Ministry of Supply have a defined way for removal of timber over this lot.

The farm is better known today as Park Farm and is still owned by the Rumming family.

This Victorian photograph of Windmill Leaze Farm is thought to include members of the Kinchin family - published courtesy of the Rumming family.

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